Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av and Shabbat

Hi friends, wishing you all a peaceful and meaningful new Hebrew month of Menachem Av. Tonight and tomorrow night are Rosh Chodesh, the 1st day of the new month, which means there is a new (invisible) moon.  We have our three grandsons with us and have been taking them to Green Key beach for sunsets and swimming.  With the new moon, and the wind blowing the right direction, it has caused a phenomenal shift in the tide so that at low tide, the formerly tiny beach is HUGE and the water has receded out to sea!  It seems almost fitting that this should occur as we are in the midst of the three weeks of introspection and mourning at the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem long ago and how this still impacts us today.  The three weeks will culminate on Sunday, July 22nd when we observe Tisha B’Av (literally, the 9th day of the month of Tisha B’Av) with the reading of the Book of Lamentations at 10 am that morning at the JCC.

Shabbat services will take place tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm and Saturday morning at 9:30 am as usual.  We will begin using the “Slim Shalom” prayerbook on Saturday morning.  It matches up perfectly with the transliteration prayerbook so for those who are not yet able to read Hebrew, you will be able to easily follow the service and participate in the prayers!  This week, we conclude the Book of Bamidbar with the Parashot, the double sedrah of Matot-Masei.  At its conclusion, we will all rise and chant recite the phrase, Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazeik,recite the phrase, Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazeik, “Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another.”   More on that and on the major themes on Shabbat!  So lets “Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another”  while making the minyan this Shabbat so that we can read this important Torah portion and those saying Kaddish will be enabled to do so.   Chodesh Tov (a good month) to you all!   See you on Shabbat!  Ron